Holy Land Military Rosary fundraiser

BLUE GRASS — Knights of Columbus in Blue Grass are sponsoring a fundraiser auction for the Holy Land Military Rosary Project in conjunction with a Dec. 20 pancake breakfast. The auction follows the 9 a.m. Mass and 10 a.m. breakfast at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 333 W. Lotte St., Blue Grass. The silent auction starts at 11:15 a.m. and the live auction at noon. Also at noon, the KCs will have chili and hot dogs available.

The Holy Land Military Rosary Project was founded by Father Bill Kneemiller, a priest of the Diocese of Davenport, in 2010. The goal was to send the rosaries with olivewood crucifixes around the world to help spread “A little piece of the Holy Land” in war-torn lands. The auction’s theme is “Attic Treasures and Farm Implement Auction for the Holy Land Military Rosaries.” The fundraising goal is to send more than 1,000 rosary kits to Haiti with the ServeHaiti Medical group traveling to that country in January.

The rosary project is able to create some part-time employment in Haiti where poverty is extreme but the spirits are high. The ServeHaiti group then brings back the rosaries within a three-week window and Catholic Lighthouse Media representatives mail the Holy Land Military Rosaries to military chaplains around the world.

Auction items include a certificate for a University of Iowa football personally autographed by head football coach Kirk Ferentz, a Plexiglas greenhouse and gifts from Happy Joe’s Pizza. The Holy Land Military Rosary project is a nonprofit organization. To take an auction item directly to the rectory garage at St. Andrew’s, call Deacon Don Frericks at the parish office (563) 381-1363; to drop off an auction item in Davenport, call Fr. Kneemiller at (563) 321-0124.

In other news, a Friends of the Holy Land Military Rosary Mass and Meal will take place Dec. 12 at St. Joseph Parish in Hills. The event will honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and help publicize the Dec. 20 event in Blue Grass. A catered Italian meal from Dio John’s Restaurant will be served at the Hills event. Cost is $6 payable at the event. Mass begins at 6 p.m. To attend the dinner, RSVP at (563) 321-0124.

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